‘Trust your mommy sense’
Visions is a 2015 supernatural American horror film produced by Jason Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity; Insidious) and directed by Kevin Greutert (Jackals; Saw VI; Saw VII) from a screenplay by Lucas Sussman (Below) and L.D. Goffigan (Hunger). It stars Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Parsons.
The film’s score was composed by Anton Sarko (The Possession; Ouija; Jessabelle).
Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Julia joins her husband David at their beautiful new vineyard home only to plagued by strange noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations, not even David, who grows increasingly worried about his wife’s wellbeing.
Desperate to prove her sanity, Julia hunts down a local medium who reveals the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides. As she desperately pieces together past events to keep a future horror from occurring, Julia uncovers a dark conspiracy that puts her life and the life of her unborn child at risk…
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Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“A full-blown horror genre? Not quite. Yes, there is a safe measure of supernatural content. But there is also a mix of suspense, violence, thriller, etc. It was scary; the kind where you keep watching for some plot twist. And it irrefutably falls in the vein of The Others.” Movie Exclusive
“A whole lot of characters act in a dead-suspicious manner, starting with her impatient and unsympathetic husband (one of the most cliché-ridden roles in the horror handbook) and extending to a sort-of psychic wine distributor (Joanna Cassidy), an underwritten doctor (Jim Parsons) and a few glowering neighbours…” Electric Sheep
“It’s well acted, tightly edited, and blissfully CGI-free with good moments of suspense; and the ending pays off. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means – but it doesn’t have to, for the type of thriller it is. As a pregnant-woman-in-peril movie, it (please pardon the pun) delivers.” Dread Central
“Visions remains stagnant and uninteresting until it moseys into its comparatively electrifying third act. It’s during this portion that the movie, buoyed by a thoroughly unexpected plot twist, becomes the engrossing thriller it should’ve been all along, although it’s nevertheless not quite enough to compensate for the lackluster nature of everything that came before…” Reel Film Reviews
“Visions is ultimately a decent horror film with a few missteps along the way. It’s worth watching for the twist and subsequent denouement of events, and also for the idyllic setting that the protagonists find themselves in.” Marcus Goh
” …even though it does go through the first two acts of the movie checking off every single horror trick and supernatural trope in the book – weird neighbours who seem like they are in on the secret, cloaked figures in the mist set on spooking the victim and not to mention the customary furniture-moving– the story manages to pull through in its final act…” Cairo 360
“What could have been another stereotypical, haunted ghost movie becomes a deeply twisted intriguing story. Well-acted by the cast, and well-directed by Goffigan, Visions makes a welcome addition to the horror genre. The viewer will not see what is coming, even right up until the climactic end.” Cryptic Rock
” …director Kevin Greutert does a good job at cranking up the tension and setting up the finale. I enjoyed Visions although it feels rushed in certain aspects but it’s well acted, nicely edited, with decent moments of suspense…” UK Horror Scene
” …plays with the tropes and conventions of the horror genre, such as the mysterious whistling kettle sound, a hooded figure whose face cannot be seen and an eerie pool of water in the dead of night. A nice twist at the end recasts everything that has gone on before in a different light.” The Straits Times
Cast and characters:
- Isla Fisher … Eveleigh Maddox – Scooby-Doo; Burke and Hare; Now You See Me
- Anson Mount … David Maddox – Urban Legends: Final Cut; Hood of Horror; All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
- Gillian Jacobs … Sadie – Larry; Monsters vs. Aliens TV series
- Joanna Cassidy … Helena Knoll – The Hunger TV series; Blade Runner
- Jim Parsons … Doctor Mathison – Sheldon inThe Big Bang Theory
- Eva Longoria … Eileen
- Michael Villar … Leo Cottrell
- Bryce Johnson … Ben – Willow Creek; Darkness Rising
- John de Lancie … Victor Napoli – Pathology
- Annie Tedesco … Victoria Lambert
- Roberto Sanchez … Emilio – Hauntsville
- Jeff Branson … Glenn Barry – Wolves of Wall Street; I Spit on Your Grave
- Elizabeth Rowin … Betty Sayles
Visions was released internationally first in Turkey on August 28, 2015.